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Getting a divorce in Illinois can be no-fault or at-fault

Getting a divorce in Illinois means you need to follow the rules of law. One of those rules is that in order to file for the divorce in the first place, you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for 90 days. Even if you are in the military, this rule applies. Another law is that if you or your spouse are impotent, have a spouse already or have committed adultery, the divorce can be granted on those grounds.

Being informed can help you get a better, cleaner divorce, and forewarned is forearmed. If you choose to go the route of a "no-fault" divorce, that option is open, but you may also be able to prove that your spouse deserted you for a year or more or that your spouse was a habitual drunk or drug user for two years. You have options that you might never have known you had. Remember, you have to prove this to a judge, so documentation and testimony will be important.

If your spouse was abusive, it is even more important that your story is told. You need to be sure that you are able to back up any accusation of abuse in the divorce case by producing pictures of any wounds that were left on your body or property damage that occurred during an argument.

Calling in an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the laws of Illinois can be a real asset at a time like this. He or she can help guide you through the process of getting justice for yourself and your children. You can focus on healing and helping your children through this difficult time, while your attorney watches out for your best interests.

Source: llinois Divorce Statutes, "Dissolution and legal separation" accessed Mar. 01, 2015

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